The Maui News - - SPORTS - By KEN RITTER The As­so­ci­ated Press


LAS VE­GAS — UFC fight­ers Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGre­gor are be­ing sus­pended by the Ne­vada Ath­letic Com­mis­sion for a brawl that erupted in­side and out­side the oc­tagon af­ter their light­weight ti­tle fight last week­end in Las Ve­gas, an of­fi­cial said.

Let­ters were sent Wed­nes­day in­form­ing both mixed mar­tial arts fight­ers that they will be sus­pended for at least 10 days ef­fec­tive Oct. 15, com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive Bob Ben­nett said Thurs­day.

A com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pend­ing and the panel can ex­tend the tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion when it meets Oct. 24, Ben­nett said. Nurmagomedov and McGre­gor could also ap­peal Ben­nett’s ex­ec­u­tive ac­tion at that time.

Nurmagomedov re­sponded with an an­gry In­sta­gram post say­ing he was be­ing un­fairly pun­ished.

The fighter com­plained that dis­ci­pline didn’t fol­low an in­ci­dent in Brook­lyn last April, when McGre­gor shat­tered win­dows of Nurmagomedov’s bus with a hand truck af­ter Nurmagomedov con­fronted one of McGre­gor’s team­mates days ear­lier.

“They could have killed some­one there, why no one says any­thing about in­sult­ing my home­land, re­li­gion, na­tion, fam­ily?” Nurmagomedov posted. “We have de­fended our honor and this is the most im­por­tant thing. We in­tend to go to the end.”

McGre­gor’s man­ager, Audie At­tar at Paradigm Sports Man­age­ment, said he was con­fi­dent the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will clear McGre­gor.

“It will be clear who and where the blame lies,” At­tar said in a state­ment. “We are fo­cused on the fu­ture.”

Nurmagomedov’s man­ager, Ali Ab­de­laziz at Dom­i­nance MMA Man­age­ment, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to emails. Ab­de­laziz’s tele­phone was not ac­cept­ing mes­sages.

Fight­ing erupted out­side the oc­tagon late Satur­day, af­ter McGre­gor (21-4) tapped out dur­ing a choke­hold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229 at TMo­bile Arena.

The Rus­sian cham­pion from Dages­tan then stepped away from McGre­gor, climbed over the cage and scuf­fled with a fighter in the Ir­ish­man’s cor­ner.

Mem­bers of Nurmagomedov’s en­tourage climbed into the oc­tagon and at­tacked McGre­gor, and McGre­gor also tried to climb out of the cage dur­ing the brawl.

Nurmagomedov’s $2 mil­lion for the fight has been with­held by the com­mis­sion pend­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ben­nett said. McGre­gor re­ceived his $3 mil­lion purse.

“You can keep my money that you are with­hold­ing,” Nurmagomedov posted. “I hope it won’t get stuck in your throat.”

UFC pres­i­dent Dana White said three mem­bers of Nurmagomedov’s camp were de­tained by po­lice but re­leased be­cause McGre­gor re­fused to press crim­i­nal charges.

White said the UFC might strip the light­weight ti­tle from Nurmagomedov.

AP photo

Conor McGre­gor fights Khabib Nurmagomedov dur­ing UFC 229 on Satur­day.

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